Thursday, September 7, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Councillor Column With Mayor Julie Hall

With our Whitsunday Coast Airport recording record numbers and cruise ship visits increasing with new cruise lines utilising our revitalised Shute Harbour Marine Terminal, Council is keen to ensure a better visitor in Airlie Beach.

Prior to the September school holidays our Parks and Gardens and Infrastructure teams will continue with their refresh of the Airlie Beach Main Street, lagoon and foreshore area with upgraded landscaping, new line marking, repairs and deep cleaning of the pavements, improved lighting, and minor repairs to ensure the safety of all our locals and visitors.

We will also consult further with our community for their feedback on how best to prioritise pedestrian movements in Airlie Main Street while also ensuring traffic flow for delivery trucks, taxis and buses are not hindered severely.

Our initial community consultation last year showed that a majority were in favour of prioritising foot traffic activity to make our main street safer for pedestrians.

Over the next four weeks, commencing Monday September 11, we will consult with our stakeholders and community for their feedback on the installation of zebra crossings via Council’s Your Say Whitsunday online engagement portal - and face to face with a stall at the Airlie Beach Markets.

Stage 1 of the upgraded Airlie Beach Boardwalk was completed in June and Council is now preparing to undertake works on Stage 2.

Works will result in a closure of the Boardwalk between the VMR Boat Ramp and Shingley Drive from 11 September to early December in time for the Christmas holiday period (approx. 13 weeks, subject to weather).

During the closure, a detour will be available behind Mirage Whitsundays Apartments, via Altmann Avenue and Shingley Drive.

Keep up to date on this and all Council projects via our Your Say Whitsunday project page -

As mentioned above our airport is smashing records so we are undertaking a review and update of the Whitsunday Coast Airport (WCA) Master Plan 2015.

The Master Plan is used to strategically guide the development and expansion of the airport and a review is now practical following the recent and significant growth in passenger numbers and aircraft traffic.

Submissions from interested parties have been received and a report is being compiled and will be placed on Council’s Your Say page on our website.

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